It has been awhile since I have consistently posted to Molehills out of Mountains. The challenges of the current school year have consumed a great deal of my time, and energy — both physical and emotional. While there have been no shortage of things to write about, to be real honest, I wasn’t very motivated to write about them, and I wasn’t sure anyone would be interested in what I had to say.
For many reasons, education is not easy, and it can be hard to share our challenges without feeling like we are complaining, or asking for pity. I am a voracious reader, and I get some great ideas from my professional learning network, but I have to be honest and say that there are times that I begin to wonder if I am doing something wrong.
- Am I struggling more than I should?
- Why does it seem so easy for others?
- Does anyone else get discouraged, frustrated, or overwhelmed with their work?
- Are there times that others question their progress, or if they are making a difference?
I use writing for reflection and learning. Putting words to paper (or blog) allows me to process circumstances, brainstorm solutions, and share frustrations. As a writer, I want to be honest — to write about the good I see, but also share my challenges so that I can learn from others (and maybe they can learn from me).
Looking at my previous posts, I began to realize that I was allowing my writing to be overly influenced by my perceived audience. I shied away from writing about my struggles, and even my passions. I was worried that others would think I had lost it, or that they would grow tired of hearing me talk about the importance of connecting with students,the impact of poverty on students and their education, or the power of teaching students that they are difference makers (three topics that give me purpose in education).
Be forewarned. Using this blog as a medium, I plan to record my passions, share my challenges and frustrations, and write with honesty. From this point forward, I am going to keep things real.
Wishing all a great week.